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Earthworm Jim 2 (NES, Ex-Sachen developers)

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Title Screen

Earthworm Jim 2

Developer: Ex-Sachen developers
Publisher: NT
Platform: Unlicensed NES
Released internationally: 1996


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This unlicensed NES port of Earthworm Jim 2, known as the "Shin-Shin" version, was developed by the Ex-Sachen developer team, and was published by NT (also known as Ka-Sheng or Shin-Shin). Compared to the also unlicensed port by Super Game, this version feels more official, however this port's graphics seem to be confused about what perspective they're supposed to be.

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Unused Graphics

Game Over

Game over!

There exists graphics of Jim looking disappointed, which would have been used in the game over screen like the official versions. However, selecting "no" on the Continue screen in this port will simply go to the title screen, with no game over screen. Oddly, it is stored as a background graphics data along with Options menu background graphics as against other Jim's graphics usually stored as sprites data which is a hard evidence that there were no finished animated Game Over screen at the time of the game release but some sample static placeholder.

Alternate Title Screen

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There is a version of the title screen that looks similar to the Earthworm Jim 4 title screen but instead of the card saying Earthworm Jim 4, it simply just shows the number "3". This means that another revision, Earthworm Jim 3, may have been planned to be released. There is an unlicensed NES game called Earthworm Jim 3 but it's a port by Hummer Team of the first EWJ game.

Unused Level

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There exists an unused port of the level See Jim Run, Run Jim Run, however it's extremely unfinished, containing no graphics at all. It plays a glitched version of the Udderly Abducted theme.

Revisional Differences

There were multiple versions of this game released, which is common in unlicensed NES software.

Second Revision

Lorenzen's Soil

This version fixes a bug where Lorenzen's Soil was replaced with a duplicate of Puppy Love, and also fixes another bug where some levels didn't have a title card or password (excluding Puppy Love and the Udderly Abducted sub-levels).

Third Revision

This adds a title card and password to the rest of the levels, including Puppy Love and all Udderly Abducted levels.

"Earthworm Jim 4"

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This version, titled Earthworm Jim 4, is based on the initial release/first revision. It is often found on multicarts, but single cart releases do exist. It contains these differences:

  • The title screen is the "Jim holding a sign" title card with "Earthworm Jim 4" written on the sign.
  • Title cards and password screens were removed.
  • Puppy Love's music only contains the noise channel.
  • The level order was changed:
  • Level 1: Lorenzen's Soil
  • Level 2: Puppy Love
  • Level 3: All Udderly Abducted levels
  • Level 4: (unfinished) See Jim Run, Run Jim Run

Unofficial Release

There is an unofficial release by an unknown company that is based on the initial release, but replaces Granny Chair with Lorenzen's Soil.